Within the Performing Arts program you can pursue a B.A. degree in Dance with concentrations in Dance Performance, Dance Studio Operations, Dance Pre-Movement Sciences, and Dance Pre-Physical Therapy Dance; in Music with concentrations in Instrumental or Vocal Music Studies and K-12 Music Education; and in Theatre with concentrations in Acting, Creative Project Development, and Producing and Management for Stage and Screen.
Minors in Dance Studies, Theatre Studies, and Music Studies are also available.
- Global Awareness
The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us; they foster creativity, a positive attitude, and an appreciation for beauty. The performing arts express cultural values, build bridges between communities, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, race, gender, or age.
- Creativity & Innovation
The arts promote creativity and innovation. U.S. News and World Reports indicates that creativity is among the top skills sought by business leaders, with 72% stating that creativity is of high importance when hiring.
- Critical Thinking
Studying the arts improves academic performance. Students who participate in the arts have higher GPAs and lower drop-out rates, regardless of socio-economic status.
- Teamwork & Collaboration
The arts have social impact. University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated that a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, and lower poverty rates. A vibrant arts community ensures that young people are not left to be raised solely in a pop culture environment.
- Adapting to Change
The arts improve personal health. Their healing benefits to patients promote shorter hospital stays, better pain management, and improved mental health.